I am a kid of the 1980s and 1990s.
I can remember one of my favorite days of the week in elementary school was Computer Lab day.
It was always so much fun to hitch up the wagon on the Oregon Trail or set off in hot pursuit of Carmen San Diego.
I also have many fond memories of playing games on my home computer with my parents.
Luckily, there is a wonderful website that lets you virtually go back in time to play some of these games that bring back fond childhood memories.
At Archive.org there are a lot of arcade games and some old school MS-DOS games (do you remember when you had to type in the proper prompts to get it up and running.)
Now, with it available online, you can just click a button and away you go.
One of the games that Lily and I played together was one that was a favorite of mine, “Mixed Up Mother Goose.”
This game came with one of the computers that we bought and I would spend hours trying to help all the beloved Mother Goose characters find what was missing from their nursery rhymes.
Kids have all sorts of tablets and iPads and this may seem like it is outdated and old fashioned, but that is part of the charm.
Lily had a great time using the mouse and learning the different nursery rhymes.
After Lily got tired and wanted I break I wanted to see what else was available on the website and there were so many different games.
Who remembers making the trek along the Oregon Trail?
(Spoiler alert: We didn’t make it all the way. Half the party died while trying to make it across the first river we encountered. Kevin died from a broken leg and I died from a snake bite.)
Another popular game in elementary school was “Where in the World is Carmen San Diego.”
This game is a lot more difficult than I remember. How did kids ever get anywhere with this game?
But, no matter what game you play, as long as you are having fun and enjoying spending time with your kids it makes it all worth while.
Make sure to check out archive.org because they have so many different games available online and they are all free of charge.
What was your favorite game to play in elementary school? Leave your comments below.
(Disclaimer: Just like with a lot of other sites you need to be careful what you click on and what you are looking for. There are some games that are not appropriate for children at all, so it might be best to monitor closely what they are looking at on this site and to play with them. There are also some games that seem very suspicious that might be a virus.)